To the class of 2017
To the Class of 2017,
3/4 years are at an end.
We are into the final stretch and in the next month or so we will all go our various ways into ventures new.
As we reflect on our time in education when we leave it's important to remember one thing: trust.
Trust in the process.
Many of us, including myself, came to university because we thought 'it was the right thing to do'. Now we see statistics of graduates unemployed or lack of jobs in their desired profession. We see our educated peers struggle in the short-term. We see a lot of students return home.
Don't be disheartened.
Trust the process.
It is now, I feel, when the process really gets exciting. It's at this point in the journey where you get that take-off feeling.
Before you go on holiday you prepare. You pack your bags, change your money, book your flights, scout out restaurants and you imagine yourself being there. In the airport you are pumped. Months of planning and you are ready to go.
However, on the way to the airport you are continuously thinking: "Did I turn off the iron?" "Do I have my Passport?" "Do I have those shoes with the sparkly ends?"
You doubt yourself.
Much like now as we come to the end of our educational lives.
Then it really ramps up. You board the plane, and I, like I'm sure many of us, have this super weird feeling. "What if we crash?" It feels our mind. This sense of security.
What if I don't get the Job? What am I going to do? How are my parents going to react?
But, just like we trust the pilot. We must trust the process.
It's going to take a while for some of us and for others it may seem to happen overnight. We can't predict it.
But, don't give up and trust the process.
You might not be able to brunch every week when you are 22. You might have to forgo those years travelling.
It's alright. Instagram really doesn't care.
No President or Brexit vote is going to stop you from achieving what you want to achieve. You aren't crippled by social policy. Things may seem tough, and they are, but when you embrace the work you'll be alright.
So as we come to the end. Thanks for the memories, friendships, projects, journey's, evenings in Pryzm, the laughs and the tears. The good times and the bad times. The opportunities to network and the chance to move to different countries. The support of the community.
Thanks for being part of the generation.
The generation of hard work.
For we are the ones who are going to out work everyone else. Because, that's the card we've been dealt.
We've been dealt the process.
Until we cross paths again,
Oh, and always remember to...